High School Summer Abroad Blog
- Costa Rica
WOW! How can the program be coming to an end? Participants have been soaking up as much as they can during this last week. Each day during class time, participants spent time with their group preparing their final projects and presentations. Wednesday we went into Santa Elena for shopping and enjoying an amazing snack at the local cafe, Monteverde Cafe! They are known for their amazing pastries and banana bread! We also shopped at a Coop that is made up of women around the community selling their handmade items from embroidery and sewn items to jewelry, handmade paper and journals. Thursday we had students from the local high school visit and join us in our Bio-blast. We all downloaded an app called iNaturalist and documented flora, fauna, insects, and animals with pictures to add to their database. Per their website, the organization is now a non-profit that is dedicated to building community, with a focus on preserving biodiversity. The iNaturalist app is used by many to make conservation decision in their own communities. We enjoyed spending time with the students and practicing our Spanish too! Friday was presentation day for the participants projects. The creativity, technology use, research, and engineering time spent on each project was well thought out and presented with expertise. The groups and presentations are as follows: Ellie, Brave, Hazel, Hartson, & Baila - Native plant identification with QR codes, Google Site, and link to USDA for access to your own state's native plants. SaMyra, Zoey, Ellie, and Tory - Brochure on conservation for native bees in Costa Rica, along with how you can help pollinators in your own community.
As the students wrap up their final days on campus, they’ve spent extensive time this week working on final projects, enjoying cultural activities and community service events, and hanging out... keep reading
Participants have been working furiously on presentations regarding "Important Women in Stem." Groups presented on Madam Curie, Jane Goodall, Ellen Ochoa, Katherine Johnson, and Katherine Hayhoe. Amazing research and presentations... keep reading
Some of our favorite activities throughout our time on campus are the cultural experiences we get to partake in with our Center Staff and local friends. Two of these activities... keep reading
As Week 2 comes to an end and we begin the final week of Session II’s Climate Change Mitigation program here in Monteverde, the students prepared for their overnight excursion... keep reading
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community members of Monteverde, Costa Rica had a problem: they needed access to fresh, local food for a low price. Nearby, in... keep reading
Earlier today, this PL took to the muddy trails of the CIEE Monteverde Campus to interview the Women in STEM students. We're on a mission to understand, in their own words, events of the past few days.
The Bosque Eterno de los Niños, or “BEN” for short, is a Costa Rican nonprofit conservation organization protecting 23,000 hectares of rainforest. Also known as the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, their... keep reading
After spending time in class and around town throughout the week, the Climate Change Mitigation students eagerly awaited the weekend activities: hiking the El Tigre Waterfalls and Ziplining through the... keep reading
Torrential downpours during lightning storms with high winds are the norm for the Monteverde community. CIEE has done a spectacular job creating safe spaces to wait out the storm, and... keep reading
Many of the young people, and I like to include myself in that, have reported of the new experiences directly with and around their slumber. I let them know just... keep reading